A Locals Guide to Salt Lake City Utah

Under the steep horizon of the world’s best ski resorts, Dave Attell, comedian and host of Comedy Central’s “Insomniac”, took it upon himself to crack some fun at Salt Lake City’s night life, and not without good reason. It would seem that they all but pull the sidewalks in and the lines off of the roads at 9:00 P.M. in Salt Lake City. The streets empty out and the restaurants close. Well, not all of them.

There are a few hotspots than any visitor looking for a good time should check out. Whether you’re going out for a little drinking and dancing or a lovely afternoon shopping, Salt Lake offers something for everyone.

The Port ‘O’ Call just west of Main Street on 400 South in downtown Salt Lake is a friendly Irish pub where local 20 and 30 somethings like to knock one down after a hard day at the grind. The atmosphere is fun and inviting and there is a live band more often than not. Drinks are reasonably priced and the energy is reasonable mild. Perfect for a mellow evening on a quick business trip.

At the top of the Red Lion hotel just a few blocks away sits the Sky Bar. Located between 100 and 200 west on the south side of 600 South, the entrance to the 13th floor drink and dance club is on the south side of the Red Lion has spectacular views and a high energy, high volume atmosphere. Different theme nights are posted with Latin, Hip-hop, R&B, and Salsa being some of the local favorites. Be careful driving there however as 600 South is an eastbound one-way street and 500 South is a westbound one-way.

Sharing a parking lot with the Red Lion on the south end of the block are two more fun nighttime events. Club Zanzibar hosts local and visiting smooth jazz musicians, with a romantic atmosphere and low lighting. Next door is Brewvies, a pub/movie theater. New release movies play on the big screen in one of two theaters while you enjoy beer or wine coolers. Order some of their fantastic food and you’re given a number that will light up in the theater telling you it’s ready. A tray table is located in front of every seat and there are couches and recliners in the back for those cuddly couples.

Another great packed-in-like-sardines-but-still-having-a-great-time venue a little further south in the Salt Lake valley is Club 90. Located in Sandy just off of I-15 and 9000 South on Monroe Avenue, Club 90 is the place to go for dancing dancing and more dancing. A DJ spins House style dance music until the sun comes up, and an in house bar hosts some of the best bartenders in the business.

Back downtown in the shopping district one must check out the Gateway Mall. An open air mall hosting a myriad of great stores, restaurants, and an I-Max theater, it also showcases much of the city’s 2002 Winter Olympics pride. In the shadow of the Energy Solutions Arena where the Utah Jazz dominate mountain basketball, enjoy a light and water show at the fountain or catch the game at the Skybox Sports Bar and Grill.

If you’re up for it, a short but steep hike up Ensign Peak will you a spectacular view of Salt Lake Valley and the surrounding mountains. A short drive up Capital Hill on State Street, and follow the signs to the parking area. On a clear day you can see Utah Lake, 50 miles to the south, and clear across the Great Salt Lake to Antelope Island and Stansbury Island. Even the great Bingham Mine is visible from this amazing vantage.

The Bingham Canyon Mine at Kennecott lies where Copper Mountain once stood. The largest open mining operation in the world, if the Empire State Building were to stand in the bottom it would reach less than half way to the top. For $5 a car load you can drive to the top and enjoy the breath-taking immensity of the mine as well as tour the visitors center and pick up some unique keepsakes from the gift shop. Just take I-15 south to 10700 South and head west. When you reach the mountain there will be a signs directing you to the booth to pay and drive in. A great family event!

Salt Lake City has a lot to offer, whatever it is you’re looking for. The best thing you can do is ask a local, for the most part we’re fairly friendly and willing to help. Enjoy!